An important step was taken this month toward improving our school buildings —
the selection of our construction manager was made.
Our Facilities Committee sent requests for proposals to eight construction management firms, and the three best were interviewed.
After careful scrutiny of the final three proposals, the committee recommended that Westonka retain Kraus Anderson as its construction manager.
Here’s what made Kraus Anderson stand out from the rest:
A Comprehensive Proposal
Other proposals came in at a lower price but omitted necessary staff and expenses that left our project open to surprise costs and other uncertainties. Kraus Anderson’s proposal includes specialists who will ensure that our needs are being met in the most coordinated and efficient way possible.
A Disruption Avoidance Plan
Only Kraus Anderson provided this. Our buildings are constantly in use, so a plan that seeks to avoid disruption will greatly benefit our kids and community members.
Proactive Budget Reconciliation
Regularly checking in with budget projections will make the most of our district’s funds.
Glowing References from Other School Districts
Officials from Spring Lake Park, Washington County, and Orono schools all had
very high praise for the performance of Kraus Anderson on their school projects.
The Facilities Committee determined that not only will Kraus Anderson make our project end well; they are also committed to demonstrating how every decision they make is in Westonka’s best interest.
And while Kraus Anderson has been chosen as our construction manager, they won’t have a financial stake in the selection of construction materials, mechanical systems, or other project leadership. These things will be hard bid to the open market after project design and construction documents are completed.